Carolina Department of Transportation
you know there was an OSHA standard pertaining to Housekeeping on Construction
Sites (29CFR Part 1926 25)? This three paragraph standard doesn't say
a lot, but what it does say is important to worker safety and health.
So much so that, the NCDOT has adopted a Safety Policy & Procedure
(SPP#1926.25) for complying with this standard.
NCDOT employees on construction sites are required to practice good housekeeping to further reduce hazards on these sites. When construction hazards exist that cannot be eliminated, then engineering practices, administrative controls, safe work practices, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and/or proper training will be implemented.
For purposes of this OSHA standard, the following definitions apply:
material and debris generated during construction usually consist of Noncombustible
scrap material and debris and Combustible scrap materials and debris.
Combustible scrap materials and debris must be removed at regular intervals during the course of construction without increasing the hazard exposure to employees who remove such debris. Nails should be removed from used lumber before stacking.
All construction waste must first be collected into containers before disposal. These wastes include General Waste and Trash (nontoxic, non-hazardous) and Hazardous Wastes. Separate containers must be provided for the collection and separation of waste, trash and other refuse.
Additional separate containers must be provided with lids for hazardous wastes to prevent sparks or other ignition sources from coming into contact with hazardous wastes. Hazardous Wastes can include used oil, used oil filters, oily rags and flammable wastes as well as caustics, acids, harmful dusts, etc.
Here is a simple checklist for Housekeeping on Construction Sites:
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